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Song of the Volga Boatmen

Posted on: Martes 11 septiembre 2007

This morning, as every morning, I woke up listening to this program on the radio. But unlike every morning, the song helped me to open my eyes. I usually wake up very slow, one eye at a time.

A bass soloist started singing in Russian, joined by the Red Army Chorus, then ended the song how it started: with that simple haunting melody. I don’t speak Russian (yet), but the song was, supposedly (that’s what said the host, but we know that he tends to say some weird stuff so I didn’t quite believe him before finding a translation of the lyrics), talking about how we all need to work, that’s it, that’s life.

A bit how I’ve been feeling all day long. My day at the office seemed endless.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the same recording on YouTube, but here is a good one nonetheless.

Boris Christoff singing the Song of the Volga Boatmen

(I found the English translation there)

All together! All together!
Once again, one more time!
Let’s tow till the birchen cudgel bends,
let’s bend the cudgel of the curly birch-tree!
Aida da aida, aida da aida,
let’s bend the cudgel of the curly birch-tree!

All together! All together!
Once again, one more time!

We are walking along the river banks,
singing our song for the dear sun!
Aida da aida, aida da aida,
we’re singing our song for the dear sun!

All together! All together!
Once again, one more time!

Oh, you Volga, Mother-Stream,
you are so wide and deep!
Aida da aida, aida da aida,
you are so wide and deep!

All together! All together!
Once again, one more time!

The song is being voted at the Cage Match this week. If you listen to the radio in the morning, ô you fellow Canadians, tune your ears!

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